Á L’ancienne – meaning ‘in the old way’ was launched by Sportive Lakes in July 2014 as a test event. Alan Brenton, director of Sportive Lakes, explains; “We really didn’t have the time to gain momentum, having only decided to run the event at Christmas, but we didn’t want to wait until 2015 so we gave it a go. It was a great day and the quality of feedback gave us the ideas and confidence to move forward for the event in July 2015.”
Sometimes the most sophisticated technology is the simplest. With a minimalist interface and extensive capability under the hood, SmartHalo seeks to be the answer to a variety of rider's needs, whilst minimising distractions.
A vast field of 13,000 riders took to the valleys of South Wales in early June in the first Velothon Wales, which, like Ride London, elected to run a UCI sanctioned professional race event along with the sportive event.
As the dust settled over Peterborough after Britain’s ﬁ rst oﬃ cial UCIWCT Gran Fondo, Sportif caught up with Malcolm Smith, one of the organisers of the Enervit Tour of Cambridgeshire, to hear about the event’s reaction.
On Saturday 3rd October 2015 the inaugural Sa Calobra Time Trial in Mallorca will take place.
For the first time, riders both professional and amateur alike will pace themselves over 9.4km of closed road with 668 metres of ascent on the Sa Calobra.
"It is one thing to cycle the same roads as the professionals. To ride the same bike. To wear the same clothes and to compare your performance to the professionals. But to race against the professionals, that is something different." says Dan Marsh, Sa Calobra TT organiser.
Strava, the global online community for athletes, has introduced Strava Live, a mobile innovation that turns a smartphone into a sophisticated running and cycling computer. A new App update for iOS and Android brings a whole new interface and experience for athletes using their phone to record their activities.
Don’t call it a sportive, whatever you do: in a gran fondo the whole field is set off at the same time. It’s an elite race at the front and a mass participation ride behind. The winner is the first to cross the line rather than the fastest chip time, although each rider also gets a chiptimed result.
The White Roads Classic is the third and final part of a three-event series of which I rode one other, the Tour of the Black Country earlier in the year and had a great time while doing so. Based around classic European races, this time based around the up and coming Italian one day race, the Strade Bianche, taking place in March on the white gravel roads of Tuscany.
Historically, sportives have been created to flog cyclists over challenging terrain. This isn’t surprising because when we settle down, in the comfort of our own homes, to watch the stars toiling in the Grand Tours it’s the mountains that make the race.
I am a little perplexed. Not in a bad way at all but in a mildly surprised and pleased way.
The Torus continues to impress as an all round sportive machine and on a couple of events recently I have found myself wishing I was aboard it rather than the bike I had on test at the time, but, all good things must come to an end and unless I can elope with it, my six month stint with the Ti Road Winter Sport will soon be up.
When buying cycling clothing, or any clothing for that matter, it's not often you are treated to such a rich and honest history as that of Sportful.
In 1972 Giordano Cremonese, a cross country skier whose family had a history of working in the fabric industry, due to take part in the new Marcialonga cross-country ski race near his home decided to make himself an outfit using acrylic fabrics that were state of the art at the time and he finished the ski suit off with the Sportful logo.
When you run, your lungs grow more capable; when you squat a barbell your hamstrings grow back stronger. These are both examples of how deliberate ‘acute’ inflammation causes positive adaptation. In other words: you get better.
The British summer may be something of a short lived affair but sunglasses are still important. Whether it's a brighter than normal day or the bugs are out in force I believe that a good pair of glasses are an essential item of every cyclists wardrobe.
Cycling aficionados take to the stunning countryside of Derbyshire on period machinery
‘L’Eroica’, the Italian event that spawned the vintage cycling movement, arrived in Britannia on 22nd June and swapped its native Tuscany countryside for the arguably even more beautiful landscape of the Peak District, making for a festival of cycling run over three days of glorious sunshine.
Even after a decade’s close working relationship with the man next to me I’m still a little awestruck and more than slightly bewildered. Sat to my left in this tucked-away country pub in the hills above his home is the third most successful professional cyclist of all time, Sean Kelly. To my right is his brother Vincent, himself an accomplished roadman in his day.
Ride a UK sportive – or a continental one, for that matter – and you will in all likelihood have to descend at least one long, and possibly steep, hill. Faced with such a scenario, many cyclists will opt to keep their speed in check rather than allow rider and cycle to reach ‘terminal’ velocity, but even those who like to let rip and see how fast they can go face the same challenge, which is to be able to slow down in good time if necessary.